What It Is Like to Go to War (Hardcover)

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As with his award winning first book, Matterhorn, Marlantes succeeds in giving a comprehensive and harrowing look at what it is like to live continuously in imminent danger of losing your life through violent and sudden means. He shows the consequences of war for young warriors, both physical and psychological. Marlantes makes the point that our young warriors should be used only when the objective is clear and compelling, with a reasonable plan for both execution of the conflict and withdrawal.  He believes it is the responsibility of the society that arms and deploys fighting troops to provide guidance for the warrior, to prepare them for what they are about to encounter.  Marlantes’ opinions are formed from personal experience.  As a 23 year old kid he was dropped into the jungles of Viet Nam in charge of a group of young Marines who would live or die based on the soundness of his judgment.  It is a burden he still bears. This is a thought provoking book that should be read by everyone.

 

— Deon Stonehouse

October 2011 Indie Next List


“This is a courageous, noble, and intelligent grapple with myth, history, and spirituality that beautifully elevates the conversation on the role of the military in today's world. Marlantes volunteers his knowledge and experience (and really, his soul) to the cause of crafting the model of a just and ethical warrior in the 21st century. The long-overdue reckoning that Marlantes' novel Matterhorn deftly demanded of America is enhanced and extended with this new work. It is an emotional, honest, and affecting primer for all Americans on war and the national psyche. We ignore this book at our own peril.”
— Ed Conklin, Chaucer's Books, Santa Barbara, CA

Fall '12 Reading Group List


“This is a courageous, noble, and intelligent grapple with myth, history, and spirituality that beautifully elevates the conversation on the role of the military in today's world. Marlantes volunteers his knowledge and experience (and really, his soul) to the cause of crafting the model of a just and ethical warrior in the 21st century. The long-overdue reckoning that Marlantes' novel Matterhorn deftly demanded of America is enhanced and extended with this new work. It is an emotional, honest, and affecting primer for all Americans on war and the national psyche. We ignore this book at our own peril.”
— Ed Conklin, Chaucer's Books, Santa Barbara, CA

Product Details
ISBN: 9780857893772
Publisher: Corvus
Publication Date: January 1st, 2012